Jump 8 – 13,500′
WHAT ELSE [NEEDS TO BE SAID] NICE SKYDIVE, FUN [MY JM REALLY ENJOYED WATCHING MY DIVE] ——- 360, 360, FORWARD, GO TO 6 NICE WAVE 4,500′ [AT THIS LEVEL YOU “WAVE OFF” AT 4,500′, INSTEAD OF THE OLD 5-5 SIGN AT 5,500′] PULL 4,000′ [AT THIS LEVEL YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO PULL AT 4,500′]
This was an incredible dive! Everything I did was crisp and smooth. The jumpmaster let go of me right after we left the plane and moved around in front of me. Then I did a 360 in each direction. After doing the turns, I realized that I hadn’t thought about what I needed to do to turn and to stop the turn. My body just knew what to do. Then, I moved forward toward my instructor (that was planned, he had purposely moved away from me). I was really moving fast as I approached him, but when it came time to stop, I stopped. I had just decided to stop when I noticed that my body had automatically responded to my decision and had gone into a perfect arch position to stop the forward movement. It was incredible. I no longer had to think at all about what to do, I just had to think that I wanted to do something and it happened. After the forward movement, I was on “free-time”. I could do whatever I wanted to do. So, I did some turns and spins. For example, I’d start a fast left turn, then after turning 90 degrees, I’d crank my body even harder and go into a really fast spin. Then, when I had spun 360 degrees (so I was facing the JM again), I’d stop the spin. The crispness of my movements and the stability of my body was simply incredible. The seven jumps I did before this one now seemed boring and uneventful in comparison. WHAT A DIVE!!!